At a time when my blog has more followers and more traffic than ever, my Top Mommy Blog votes are dropping. I'm off the first page! Just a week or so ago I was up to #14!
If everyone who visits could take one second to click this brown button, it would shoot me straight back up again.
Pretty please? With sugar on top?
I've lost my homesteader virginity.
Some might think I lost it when I got goats.
Nah, that was just makin' out.
Some would say I lost it when I got chickens and started getting eggs.
Uh-uh. That would be more like 2nd base.
But raising chickens for meat?
Taking them to slaughter and then eating them?
Yep. Lost my virginity.
And while I'll admit I had a first-timer's jitters, it went just fine.
I loaded them into a dog crate in the back of the car.
The big boys wanted me to drop them off at the Amish Market on my way to the "chicken drop".
They were none too pleased driving there with a crate of chickens just the other side of their seat.
Ohhh, Mom, really? Do we have to drive there with the chickens?
Why are they making all that noise?
Why do they smell?
Oh my God, now they smell even worse! Did they POOP?
Open the windows!
Yeah. They just love me....
Anyway, like I said, other than offending the boys' delicate sensibilities, it went fine.
The place I took them to runs a smooth, efficient operation.
Though they process two or three hundred chickens there every Saturday morning, you would never know it from the look or the smell or the sound. It was quiet, it was clean, it was neat. Nothing behind closed doors, either, so you can see every step of the process, if you're so inclined.
So here they are all buckled in and ready to go.
And I can now add feathers and chicken sh** to the stuff in my car that shouldn't be.
Loaded back into the car for the ride home.
A little quieter. A little less poopy.
And then I came home, put one in the crockpot, a couple in the fridge, and the rest in the freezer.
And when the first chicken finished cooking and cooling, I pulled the meat off the bones and bagged it. And ate a few morsels.
And ohmygosh, YUM!
Next week I'll give you a breakdown on costs.
So what do you think? Are you proud of me? Disgusted?
Don't be shy, let me know....
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In case you didn't know it, I'm like the queen of blog-hoppin' lately. It's kind of like square dancing but without the dated outfits, smelly gym, and elderly caller.
Here's the schedule I keep:
Homestead Revival's Barn Hop
Natural Living Mamma's Natural Living Mondays
The Chicken Chick's Clever Chicks
A Cat-Like Curiosity's Monday Mantras
Ponder Wonder's Soul Food Monday
@ Home Take 2's Mom's Monday Mingle
DIY Dreamer's Pinterest Repin Party
DIY Home Sweet Home's More the Merrier Monday
Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday
Crafty Garden Mama's Tuesday Greens
The Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up
My Life and Kids Finding the Funny
Tilly's Nest's Down Home
Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk's Mom's Library Link-Up
Crafty Spices Wordless Wednesday
A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop
Two In Diapers' Mommy Brain Mixer
Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday
Fresh Eggs Daily's FarmGirl Friday
Little Becky Homecky's Fantabulous Friday
@Home Take 2's Weekend Blog Walk
Oh So Amelia's Friday Chaos
Camera Critter's Life With Dogs Pet Blogger Hop
Tutus and Tea Parties' Pinteresting Party
Dawn's Disaster's Super Sunday Link
Come join the fun!
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I read every one!
But I can't hit 'reply',
I've no time for fun.
Please don't judge me,
Please don't hate.
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